Soul Detox

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Today I wanted to talk about something that may be challenging, yet important. It’s about relationships. We can become physically ill because we are connected to harmful relationships. 

One of the goals I set for 2017 was to stop investing in one sided relationships. They made me feel like a kleenix…Just there to clean up the messes, just there for when that person had a crisis, and ignored otherwise. The other person never asked how I was doing, never invested anything, and I allowed the behavior. I allowed the behavior because my parents taught me to give, love. Love should not expect anything in return. Yet one sided love is not a relationship, it is charity. It is also bad for the soul to be in so many one sided relationships and/or toxic relationships. 

Why? 

We were created to be loved, not used. I read a quote that I loved. See below. 

People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The problem today is things are being loved and people are being used. 

It is noble to want to love, give, and invest. The motive has to be just for the sake of love, not to receive. It is also wisdom to not overgive, overinvest, or put oneself in the position of perpetual one sided relationships. It is not good for the soul. The soul of every person desires to be loved in return and that is not selfish. It’s called being human. 

It’s also good to examine how the people in your life treat you. 

Sometimes people are not depressed, they are connected to people exhibiting toxic behaviors (put downs, hyper critical, mean spirited, uncaring, unloving, jealous, petty, selfish, competitive, uninvolved, onesided, abusive). 

I realized people treated me poorly because I just gave and had no boundaries on giving or who I let into my life. I was willing to befriend anyone and forgive behavior without always looking out for my best interests. Mainly because I thought looking out for my best interests was selfish. Others were looking out for themselves, I was looking out for others, and well there was mainly God looking out for me daily. I needed to look out for me too. 

If we do not look out for souls, we can end up in bad, abusive, one sided, toxic relationships. Instead of blaming the other person, we can set boundaries and teach people how we want to be treated. 

I am not talking about control or trying to get people to love us. It is about matching effort. 

If person A never calls or initiates, pull back and let them intiate. If they don’t, it’s not just about being busy. People make time for what they want to make time for. If they care, they will find you. 

If person B is always putting you down, why subject yourself to that treatmemt continually? 

If person C flakes on you consistently, say something. 

If you spend time with person D and you leave feeling drained or emotionally a wreck, why continue to subject your heart to the treatment? You can set boundaries even in family and spouse relationships.

Being a doormat or kleenix is not a good idea. People do not respect or value doormats or kleenix. They use them to wipe their feet on, blow their nose on, and leave them outside or throw in the trash. Once the purpose of that doormat or tissue is done, you will not see that person until they need you again. 

Charity and ministry are very different from an actual relationship. Our objective is not to keep a tally of what we do for others. We should evaluate the relationships where we do everything and the other does nothing or only shows up with their issues, problems, or to make us feel horrible. 

If possible, I recommend conversations. I told a “friend,” this year I did not wish to be friends anymore. She put me down, created drama, never took ownership of her behavior, was all in for our friendship as long as she had nothing else going on and then decided she did not have time once something better came along. I want to be treated better than that. I am also disinterested in friendships with people only desiring to be my friend out of loneliness. No thanks. 

So my encouragement is, if our relationships are not healthy, it does significantlyimpact our   health. They can leave us stressed out, and stress leads to weight gain, lowered immune system, and impacts soul/mental health. 

Who are your friends? Are they adding value or stressing you out? 

Are you investing in the wrong people? You can pour water into a cracked pot all day and it will hold nothing. The wrong investments are just as bad as no investments. 

Are you hanging out with those who put you down or try to make you feel small? Why? 

May the rest of 2017 be flooded with healthy, mutual, good, life giving relationships! 

Erin 

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Life After Whole30

I hope you gave Whole30 a shot. I did and do not regret it. I lost 14 pounds without exercising much. I did take my Whole30 further than the 30 days. I went for two rounds. Yet 7 pounds a month is great progress. It is healthy progress. 

If you did or are trying Whole30, I highly recommend easing back into eating non Whole30 foods. They provide guidance for reintroducing foods-one group at a time. I started with some grains, example corn. I was okay with grains. Then I tried dairy. Ummmmm…my stomach hated it. So I am less prone to eat dairy post Whole30. It is rare to have it. I tried beans. Another irritant. Therefore, I have built a new meal plan that is 80/20. Eighty percent is Whole30 and 20 percent is non Whole30. 

I have not gained weight by reintroducing non Whole30 foods. I am still losing and have incorporated more exercise. 

After talking to your doctor, I would highly recommend this program. Whole30 changed the way I view food. It changed the way I make meals. It changed the way I eat. 


Eating processed foods does not appeal to me. In the rare occossion of eating junk food, it does not make my body feel good. I prefer fruits, vegetables, and whole foods. My body runs better on whole foods. I still read labels, and ditch foods loaded with chemicals. I have a fondness for bananas, mangoes, berries, almonds, olive oil, purple potatoes, steak, roasted chicken, natural salad dressings, spinach, broccoli, and tomatoes. 

Learning a new way to eat is good. All the exercise in the world does not negate a poor meal plan. Changing the way we eat is a lifestyle change, not a temporary diet. Changing the way we eat leads to a better life, to wellness. 

So ditch the excuses and do something for your health! 

XO, 

Erin 

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Supplements Review

Upfront disclaimer: Please talk to your doctor BEFORE taking any supplements. Some may not be for you dependent on your health history, condition. 

Here is my assessment of some supplements. I will go from left to right. 

Gaia Stress Response: herbal supplement with adaptagins that help with stress and excess cortisol. I found this supplement helps keep you calm when life is in chaos. It helps your body adapt to stress. The formula is gluten free, vegetarian, and dairy free. 

With Wild Oats grown on Gaia’s own certified organic herb farm, plus Ashwagandha and Holy Basil, this unique formula helps calm and nourish and over-worked nervous system.

You can read more here Gaia Stress Response
Estroblock Pro: there are synthetic estrogens in some materials we eat from, in the food we eat, and chemicals we are exposed to. These synthetic estrogens can cause chaos in the body. Extra belly fat, extra upper body fat, hormonal acne, trouble losing fat, exacerbated PMS can be a body overloaded with synthetic estrogens. This natural formula can be taken by males and females. It is non gmo, gluten free, began, and soy free. 

Estro Block® helps clear toxic estrogens, while helping to restore good estrogens. Acne breakouts can be caused by toxic estrogen buildup that alters androgen activity (such as DHT). These estrogens have also been linked to cancer.

I have seen radical reduction of belly fat with this product. Fat loss I was not seeing with workouts or dieting. You can find out more here Estroblock Pro

Triple Chlorophyll: I love this supplement! It binds to toxic metals, detoxs the body, treats candida, oxygenates the blood, fights cancer (in some cases), and so much more! It is found in plants and contains healing properties. 

Health benefits of chlorophyll include strengthening of blood making organs, prevention of anemia and abundance of oxygen in the body. Loaded with antioxidant power, it exerts beneficial effects towards various medical conditions such as cancer, insomnia, dental ailments, sinusitis, pancreatitis and kidney stones. Chlorophyll helps in normal blood clotting, wound healing, hormonal balance, deodorizing and detoxification of the body and promotes digestive health. It has healing effects on oxidation and inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. It has anti-aging and anti-microbial properties and helps strengthen the immune system of the body.

You can read about the amazing benefits of chlorophyll here 21 Benefits of Chlorophyll

Maca: I do not take this every day. I do take it sometimes. Maca is root and considered a super food. It is boasted to boost energy and vitality. You can read more here Maca Root Info

Organic Spirulina: spirulina is a blue-green algae. It is quite good for the body. It is toted as helping with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, source of antioxidants which fight against free radicals/cancer causing pollutants, help with anemia and blood sugar control. 

A single tablespoon (7 grams) of dried spirulina powder contains (2):

  • Protein: 4 grams.
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): 11% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 15% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 4% of the RDA.
  • Copper: 21% of the RDA.
  • Iron: 11% of the RDA.

It also contains decent amounts of magnesium, potassium and manganese, and small amounts of almost every other nutrient that we need.

You can read more here Benefits of Spirulina

Forskolin: this supplement has been boasted of for fat loss. It is a plant that comes from the mint family and grows in India and Thailand. 

Forskolin has a long history as a folk remedy for asthma. Some research supports that. Forskolin appears to work in a way similar to certain types of conventional asthma drugs, by boosting the levels of a compound called cyclic AMP. This helps relax the muscles around the bronchial tubes to make breathing easier. Forskolin has also been used to try to treat glaucoma. A small study indicates that forskolin may help relieve pressure in the eyes, which is often seen in glaucoma. It has also been found to be a safe alternative to beta blockers in glaucoma patients having concomitant asthma.

Another potential use of forskolin is for people with idiopathic congestive cardiomyopathy, which can cause heart failure. In a small study, patients who took forskolin through an IV showed improved heart function.

You can read more here Forskolin Info

Hair, Skin, and Nails: this supplement has vitamins and nutrients to help with strong hair, nails, and healthy skin. I have noticed my nails are stronger and my hair is thicker. 

You can read more here Nature’s Bounty Hair Skin and Nails

Best wishes for a healthy future! 

To your health!! 

Erin 

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Whole30 Review

I did two rounds of Whole30 and I must say it’s so worth it! I used to have such bloating, fatigue, and stomach upset. I was also quite hungry. 

During Whole30 I learned a new way to eat and have had more energy than ever. I ate less and felt energized. 

People say Whole30 is hard. What is more challenging is being exhausted every day, dealing with bloating, and those extra belly pounds that do not seem to want to move. 

I learned I can live without bread, beans, corn, dairy, and the no no foods list. I learned dessert is not required. Pass over that fruit, or almond butter with an apple instead of cake. 

I love tacos so I learned to make lettuce tacos. 

I learned to love vegetables. 

I learned which foods cause issues and how to enjoy my favorite foods modified. 
I learned whole foods made my skin glow. They made me feel like a superstar (once the detox phase was over). 

If you choose to do the Whole 30 plan, I highly recommend…

1. Spicy Greek Seasoning (they have seasonings for meat, chicken/turkey, seafood, and vegetables). Spicy Greek Seasoning

2. TesseMaes dressings (dairy free, sugar free, gluten free, vegan dressings). They make it simple for you, they have a Whole30 category. TesseMaes Dressings

3. Going on Pinterest and looking up Whole30 recipes. 

4. Looking over menus at restaurants in advance. I grew to love Piada-I could load up on veggies and they had dressings I could eat. 

5. Eat at home and take your lunch. 

6. Pack Larabars and apples for emergencies. I also had hard boiled eggs available too! See approved bars in the photo above. Trader Joes and most grocery stores carry Larabars. Don’t overdo it, they have calories. 🙂 

7. Citrus is your friend. Lemons and limes added some flavor to my dishes. I made some light dressings with seasoning, lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil. Whole30 Compliant Dressings

8. Stick with it. The timeline is freakishly accurate. Do not give up. You can do this! You will see your health improve. Whole30 Timeline

I did not hop on the scale. It is against the rules. I did see a difference in my belly circumference and clothing. I can wear my skinny jeans without feeling stuffed. Mostly I feel better. I do not have the after lunch coma or sluggish feeling. 

I give Whole30 two thumbs up, five stars. I highly recommend this program. There are no pills or powders to buy. There is no counting calories. There is no weighing your food. You eat the approved foods and that’s it. You pick your meals. 

Common foods in my pantry: 

  • Avocados 
  • Eggs 
  • Broccoli
  • Shrimp/Fish 
  • Turkey 
  • Lettuce
  • Kale 
  • Green beans 
  • Nitrate free bacon or ham 
  • Carrots 
  • Purple potatoes 
  • Mushrooms 
  • Olive Oil 
  • Tomatoes 
  • Cilantro 
  • Beef 
  • Lemons/Limes 
  • Green Tea 
  • Kombucha 
  • Strawberries/blackberries
  • Apples
  • Almond Butter 
  • Grass Fed Buffalo Burgers 
  • Pickles 
  • Grapes 
  • Spicy Greek Seasoning 
  • Pineapple 
  • TesseMae Ranch and Lemon Dressing 
  • Frozen organic vegetables 
  • Larabars
  • Organic chicken 

Sweet wellness friends, I hope you give this a shot. Whole30 has changed the way I eat. It’s been a tremendous blessing. 

To your health, 

Erin Lamb 

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Finished Whole 30! Ready for Round 2. 

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Yesterday I finished Whole30. Thirty days of no dairy, no beans, no grains, no rice, no soy, no processed food, no gluten, no peanuts or peanut butter…and let me tell you that I highly recommend this program. It has taught me so much about food and what my body really needs. 

My skin, hair, nails look better. I am sleeping like a baby. The after lunch coma is gone. I eat less because I am not craving food. I am losing fat and not muscle. My stomach is much flatter, my face slimmer. 

When you start Whole30 you have to give up weighing yourself and taking measurements. The focus is learning how to eat. We cannot out exercise a bad meal plan. I learned I can live on fruits, vegetables, meat, and some seeds/nuts. I learned I feel better without that sugar loaded smoothie. I learned I have far more energy eating this way rather than the way I was. 

I love the way my body is changing for the better! I love the way my face is glowing! I love my nails growing strong and my hair shinier. 


Photo last week in the park: my no foundation face (I do not wear it anyway, yet loved my glowing skin). Just lip gloss and mascara/eyeliner. 🙂 

I did not workout very much with this program-March was crazy busy. I did start a new regimine this week. So I am excited to see how Whole30 plus increased workout will go. 

Even with sporadic cardo, my clothes are looser. My skinny jeans are baggy! 

Two big thumbs up for Whole30. Considering doing a side by side photo slide. 

This program is stellar!

It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change. 

I will introduce beans at some point, maybe a little dairy. Yet shooting for another 30 days of really clean eating. 

Check out Whole30 here Whole30.com

Have a super weekend! Happy Passover. 

Xoxo

Erin 

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Whatcha Eating?!


Happy weekend beautiful people! I have hit day 16 of whole 30. It’s all smooth sailing from here. 

The biggest things for me have been finding things I enjoy eating. There is added sugar in so many things or soy or gluten. 

I have struggled to find salad dressings, so making my own. 

Erin’s Dressing: 

1/2 EVOO (Extra virgin olive oil) 

1/2 lemon or lime juice

Tablespoon or 2 of finely chopped cilantro

Pinch of kosher sea salt 

Adjust to taste…🍋

I have found creative ways to eat. 

Tonight’s dinner included a lean Bison burger (no hormones/grass fed), 1/2 baked potato (with chives, drizzle of EVOO, artichokes/mushrooms), and a kale salad with orange & purple carrots, cabbage, tomatoes…the burger was dressed with guacamole, tomato, grilled portabella mushrooms, fried amish egg (no oil). No bun, no problem. Yum! 


I love cheeseburgers, burgers in general. This was my healthy way of redressing the burger with no dairy or gluten. 

Lunch is mostly salads. This salad is Greek on the bottom with no cheese and a soy/dairy/sugar free greek dressing. It’s topped with seasoned chicken and lamb. Easy peezy…no rice, no cheesy. 



Eat more chicken!! 

Above is grilled lime/spiced chicken breast, homemade guac, grilled portabella mushrooms, and green beans. No worries the popcorn was for guests last weekend. I did not have any. 🙂 

I would recommend the following if you do Whole30: 

1. Plan ahead, especially dining out. Many restaurants use butter to cook with…your steak (unless you specify) is probably dressed in butter. 

I start meal prep the day before. Failing to plan is planning to fail. One day this week I did not prep at home and had the hardest time finding something to eat. I ended up at Panera with a salad no dressing. 


2. Plan on spending lots of time reading labels. It’s easier to go to a Farmer’s market. Go to the market with an idea of what you want. 


3. Find recipes or make up your own that go with the ingredients you can eat. 

Staples in my house right now include salad, baked fish, seasoned beef for lettuce wraps, steak, baked chicken, asparagus, brussel sprouts, lemons (seasoning and lemon water), extra virgin olive oil, frozen fruit, green beans, spinach, kale, apples, blood oranges, avacados, lime, spicy greek seasoning, olives, bibb lettuce, fish, and lots of new veggies I do not normally eat. 🙂

4. Check your calories periodically! 

I know the program says you do not need to count calories or points, yet you can sabatoge your efforts by overeating or undereating. 

Overeating: Nuts, approved bars, fruit. Almonds are great. They also have lots of calories. Some food items are fat and calorie dense. Don’t overdose on them. 

Undereating: At first I struggled to find things I wanted to eat. Dairy was such a staple in my house, as well as beans and peanut butter. I was also exhausted. So I started logging calories and came in around 800. This is too low for me. So now I am logging calories to hit at least 1200. 

Results since day 1…

Skin, nails, and hair are looking healthier. Skin has an even greater glow. Starting to lose inches. Feeling more energy (today). The after lunch slump days are over! Softer skin. 

I would highly recommend this program (check with your doctor). 

To your health, 

Xxxx, 

Erin 

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Whole30 Challenge

Whole30 Yes/No List (Pinterest)


Hello healthy friends! 

So today I wanted to let you in on a challenge I am doing. It is called Whole30. I started 7 days ago and so far it’s been interesting. I was excited to see my waistline shrinking. 

I was good until day 6. Then the fatigue started to hit me. Today I am on zombie mode. This is normal as the body has no huge sugar source to feast off of and it must process vegetables and protein mostly. 

I have heard so many positive reviews so I said, “Why not?!” 

You can read more about Whole30 here: Whole30 Program

Whole30 Infographic (Pinterest)


As you can see from the infographic, fatigue on day 7 is normal. If you go to the Whole30 site and search timeline. It explains the body’s reaction to eliminating certain foods and chemicals. It is worth reading. 

What I am learning is…

1. I can do this. 

2. The grocery store seems to have more junk food than raw food. Cookies, cookies everywhere! Wanna cookie or free bread or free cheese…um no! 

3. I need variety. After days of fish, today I had beef! Praise the good Lord!!! 🙌🏼

4. Sometimes sugar is desired just because…it is not necessary to have a Panera muffin and candy. 

5. I was not eating enough vegetables. 🌱🌱

6. I have more energy after eating (except yesterday and today). 

7. My skin is starting to glow!

8, Seasonal allergies are calming down. 

9. I am finding creative meals to make. 

10. My easy food choices were not the best food choices. 

Whole30 meme (Pinterest)


Tonight instead of tacos, I made Cuban seasoned beef lettuce wraps. You can still eat great food. 

So anyone up for the challenge? 

I have seen tons of before and afters that are radical. Check out the testimonials on the Whole30 page. Just wow! So many reported radical health transformations. 

Mostly this is about health. Giving my (our) bodies a break from the junk food paradise is good. Considering calling it internal spring cleaning! 

Things I have changed: 

Olive oil instead of butter. Can you say, “EVOO?” Greek seasoned oil/lemon dressings. Lettuce wraps instead of tacos. Spices are our friend! I do like a challenge!!! 

I hope you read about this program. Even if you do not do the challemge, there is some great info. 


Photo: Before and after Whole30 (Source Pinterest), 

Here’s to your health! 
Erin 

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Dealing with thin friends who think they are fat

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Hello fitness friends. 

Tonight I wanted to chat about body dysmorphia. It is a distorted view of oneself. It is a preoccupation with body size or shape that can lead to detrimental behaviors. 

Have you ever had that friend that was a size 0 yet kept saying they were fat? I have had acquaintances who talked repeadily about their weight, diet, or size. I have never been a size zero (0). I normally range from 6 to 9. To some people that is fat. To me, it suits my frame. 

I often wonder where the obession with size and weight started? 

Having curves and a soft body used to be ideal for females. Marilyn Monroe was about a size 9/10. 

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When did size become more important than health? When did picking apart every little thing become normal? 

We live in the world of airbrush and photoshop. Who is driving the obsession for cookie cutter no body fat images? 

Back to my main point. It can be challenging to be around those who complain about a problem they do not have. 

Understand the following…

1. The issue is in their mind. 

I had a friend long ago with a sister who was a model. She was thin, beautiful, and paid to take pictures. Every time I was around her she talked about being fat and on a diet. At first I thought, “She must think I am a whale.” ThenI realized  she spent most of her day counting calories, planning workouts, and shaming herself. She was not enjoying life. She was never satisfied with herself. I was enjoying life. The battle she was fighting was with herself. 

2. Your self assurance will not fix the issue. 

You are not fat,” is not enough to fix the issue. The issue is deeply rooted in perceptions and inner thoughts. The person may need counseling to deal with their flawed perceptions.

3. It’s not you, it’s them. 

It can seem like they are taking a dig at you yet they are mostly preoccupied with themselves. It does not register that their comments may impact others, nor if you are larger that they are calling you fat. They may be passively, agressively attacking you. However, it most likely is they are not thinking about you at all. 

4. How others define fat should not be your definition. 

I am a mesomorph-muscular build with medium bones. Being super thin makes me look sick. I have a weight/size that works. Any thinner and it looks bad. What works for me may not work for you.

A person can also be skinny fat-be light on the scale and have higher body fat content. My recommendation is focus on your own goals. 

If this friend or associate continues to talk about being fat, speak ip. Let them know how their behavior impacts you. Otherwise change the subject. As stated before it is not easy to change someone’s perception. If they truly feel or think they are fat, you will not change this through compliments. 

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Let’s Keep Going! 

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Happy New Year! I know we are 7 days into the year. I did not forget about you. I spent New Years in the Windy City (Chicago). Wow, the city with all the delicious food. Oh my! 

No worries, we walked about 5-6 miles one day and 3 miles the next. 

Back to you! How did you do on the December Challenge?  Link to challenge here December Challenge Info

I have lost several inches of fat off my waist, a little bit off my calves, arms, and thighs. I want to keep going. Are you with me? I know you can do this. We can do this. This is not about vanity. It is about health. 

I want you and I to be healthy emotionally, physically, and mentally. So eating the proper foods is great. Health is also taking time for yourself, resting, having balance, speaking life giving words, setting boundaries, and being kind to yourself. 

If we do not love who we are, we will not thrive in life, nor be able to love our neighbor. You have heard the saying, “Put the oxygen mask on yourself before another.” Have you been stressed out, neglecting yourself, well this is the year to take better care of you! 

I want you healthy. 


Are you desiring to be the healthiest version of you? I sure hope so. 

Are you desiring more energy? 

Are you looking for more motivation? 

What are your needs? 

I want to hear from you. What would like to see more of on this blog this year? Leave me a comment. 

I bless you and your journey to wholeness! You can do this. Yes indeed. 

Xxxx

Erin 

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Slow Progress is Better Than No Progress (December Challenge)

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Hey fitness friends. I hope you are sticking with this challenge. 

How are you doing? How have you managed through all the Christmas/holiday parties and baked goods galore? 

We have been at this for 24 days. I can report that my pants are baggier, my stomach lost several inches, and I am seeing greater muscle definition in my arms. 

I want to keep going through January. Are you game?! I sure hope so. 

Healthy is more than a challenge, it is a lifestyle. If you have made it this far, you can continue to press forward into 2017. I believe in you! 

Make 2017 about transformation and the best you ever! 

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What if this upcoming year brought about the healthiest you? 

The goal is to keep moving. To eat healthy foods and junk food in moderation, to treat our bodies like temples-not garbage cans. 🙂 

I am cheering for you. You can do this. If you do not recall the challenge info, click here December Challenge

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! 

P.S add some veggies to that holiday plate. 

Xxxx

Erin

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